From November 6th – 17th, the world’s nations will gather in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd UN climate conference (COP23) to try and increase the global ambition of action on climate change.

As usual, thousands from global civil society, social movements, indigenous communities and others will also be present to advance the cause for truly systemic climate justice and hold governments to account.

Over the two weeks of the conference Gaia will be organising and participating in a number of spaces and events advancing the case for ecologically coherent, socially just and truly transformative solutions to the climate crisis.

There is no time to lose. What is reasonable is what the Earth requires. We invite you to join us and a host of inspiring frontline communities, social movements and allies.

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The violence of climate change, extractivism, capitalism and patriarchy

Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn | Room: S3-S4. Monday 6 November, 9:30am to 12pm

This space will see a convergence of movements working on climate justice, land and food sovereignty, women’s rights, rights of Nature and more. Together we will explore how climate change is fuelled by extractivism, capitalism, neo-colonisation and patriarchy. We will share our struggles, strategies and visions for a world transformed.

Event open to all via the People’s Climate Summit.

With: WoMin Alliance (Lead), Rural Women’s Assembly. Asia Pacific Women Law and Development, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development and Gaia.


Organising for people’s development sovereignty, our right to say NO

Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn | Room: K2. Tuesday 7 November, 9:30am to 12pm 

This space will gather movements and struggles organising globally for the assertion and recognition of communities’ rights to say NO to mining, energy and mega-infrastructure projects that impact their lands and futures. We will explore emerging development alternatives and efforts to uphold self-determination.

At this workshop, WoMin will also launch an important research paper: Extractives vs development sovereignty: building living consent rights for African women.

Event open to all via the People’s Climate Summit.

With: WoMin Alliance (Lead), Rural Women’s Assembly, JASS, No REDD in Africa, Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development, India Climate Justice and Gaia.


4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal

LVR-Landesmuseum | November 7th and 8th, 8:00am to 7:00pm

“If we are to find a solution to climate change, we must stop treating the Earth as a commodity.” – Tribunal President, Tom BK Goldtooth.  

The 4th instalment of a unique, citizen-created initiative to testify publicly about the destruction of the Earth and propose a systemic alternative to environmental protection and current environmental laws. 

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Achieving Socially and Ecologically Beneficial Renewable Energy Systems through Community Engagement

Meeting Room 9, Bonn Zone  | November 9th 11:30am to 1:00pm

Renewable energy is integral to our future. However, some renewable energy projects and their supply chains are harming ecosystems, communities, and indigenous peoples’ rights. This workshop will examine how we can address this critical issue for climate justice to ensure a truly just transition to renewable energy.

Formal UNFCCC accreditation is required to attend this event.

With: Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation – Planet Pledge, Gaia, Yansa, WoMin.

Visit the Ojuso Platform to see Gaia’s work on this issue.


Women for Climate Justice Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Bonn Zone, Meeting Room 12 | November 15th 11:30am to 1:oopm

We will hear from grassroots and Indigenous women leaders addressing climate solutions from a climate justice framework, including forest and biodiversity protection, just transition to 100% renewable energy, agro-ecology implementation, fossil fuel resistance, and rights of nature.

Formal UNFCCC accreditation is required to attend this event.

With: Indigenous and grassroots leaders and climate justice organizations, including Thilmeeza Hussain (Voice of Women); Precious Phiri (Regeneration Intl.), Patricia Gualinga (Indigenous Leader Sarayaku); Osprey Orielle Lake (Founder, WECAN).

Gaia is supporting this event in solidarity. See WECAN’s other plans for COP23.


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